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C.A. Boylan Posted: Jun 29, 2012 Published: May 01, 2012 2 comments
Photography and the Art of Seeing: A Visual Perception Workshop for Film and Digital Photography, Fourth Edition; by Freeman Patterson; Firefly Books Ltd.; $24.95; (ISBN-10: 1-55407-980-2)
Author Freeman Patterson created this guide as a workshop designed specifically to train you to see artistically, to allow your eyes to pick out those special colors, shapes, and fine details that others would normally miss in order to find the art in the everyday objects that surround us. He provides a variety of tips and examples that help you think creatively and find ways to express your imagination in a unique and purely visual way. This is a wonderful resource for those who desire to expand their horizons and take their photography to the next level of creativity.

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C.A. Boylan Posted: Aug 01, 2004 0 comments

The Fine Artist's Guide To Marketing And Self-Promotion: Revised Edition; by Julius Vitali; Allworth Press, 10 East 23rd Street, Suite 510, New York, NY 10010; soft cover; 256 pages; $19.95; (ISBN 1-58115-281-7)
Artists often find it difficult to reach their...

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C.A. Boylan Posted: Nov 01, 2010 0 comments

Lighting and Photographing Transparent and Translucent Surfaces: A Comprehensive Guide to Photographing Glass, Water, and More; by Dr. Glenn Rand; Amherst Media; $34.95; (ISBN-13: 978-1-58428-244-0)
Dr. Glenn Rand is a professional photographer and professor of photography at the Brooks Institute. His years of experience have been transformed into a guide that...

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C.A. Boylan Posted: Jul 15, 2014 0 comments
Captain Charlotte T. McGraw began her career as a talented studio photographer for MGM but when World War II began—and our country needed her—McGraw bravely walked away from the safety and glamour of Hollywood and joined the Army. She became the official Women’s Army Corps photographer and her assignment was to capture images that would have a positive influence on how American women viewed serving in the military. The Captain’s amazing—and often very dangerous—journey took her through Africa, England, Asia, the Pacific and military hospitals around the USA. Along the way, she met a variety of famous and interesting people from General Eisenhower to war correspondent Ernie Pyle all the while documenting the very real and important role the WACs played in the war effort.
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Christopher Grey Posted: Jun 11, 2012 Published: May 01, 2012 0 comments
When it comes to lighting, the tools and techniques at the fingertips of a professional photographer are almost unlimited. Developing a sense of what is possible—and how to achieve it—is part of the fun of being a professional photographer and a critical aspect of developing your personal style as an artist.

In this book, Chris Grey takes you beyond the basics of lighting and shows you the tricks professionals use to create more visually complex effects. Some of these “tricks” are complex strategies that rely on a sophisticated understanding of the physics of light, but more are simply inventive solutions (the product of a lot of trial and error readers can bypass using this book!) that make it surprisingly easy to produce a very sophisticated result.

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Carl Heilman Posted: Jan 01, 2011 0 comments

The following is an excerpt from Contemporary Landscape Photography by Carl Heilman II (Amphoto Books, $24.99, paperback, published June 2010). In his first instructional book, Heilman II shares his experiences and techniques in capturing stunning landscape images. With nearly 300 color photos, this illustrated guide is a complete course in taking pro-caliber images of both urban and natural...

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C.A. Boylan Posted: May 07, 2012 Published: Mar 01, 2012 2 comments
Bay Photo Lab’s BayBooks are high-quality digital press printed photo books for any occasion. They are available in various sizes and in square, horizontal, or vertical formats with hard or soft full-wrap photo covers. There are 48 cover material choices and hundreds of customizable page templates to help you easily build a one-of-a-kind album.
David FitzSimmons Posted: May 22, 2012 Published: Apr 01, 2012 1 comments
In June 2009, Sigma Pro director Dave Metz contacted me, requesting some wildlife images for full-page Sigma advertisements. He knew that I had been working on my first book, Animals of Ohio’s Ponds and Vernal Pools (Kent State University Press, July 2011), so he figured I could send him images fairly easily. He then made an interesting—and at the time slightly disconcerting—request: would I please photograph the animals not within their natural settings but against white backgrounds?
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Joe Farace Posted: Dec 01, 2000 0 comments

General Digital Reading.
The Art of Digital Photography
by Tom Ang. Published by Amphoto Books, 1515 Broadway, New York, NY 10036; 160 pages; $29.95; softbound, with flaps. (ISBN 0-8174-3794-0)

The big...

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Joe Farace Posted: Dec 01, 2009 0 comments

Growing up there were few books in my house—I learned to read from newspapers—and the only one I remember seeing was my Dad’s copy of Richard Henry Dana, Jr.’s Two Years Before the Mast.

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Joe Farace Posted: Dec 01, 2010 0 comments

Sony makes a svelte black-and-white-only eBook reader and claims that within five years half of all books and magazines will be delivered digitally. While electronics companies slug it out in the eBook reader arena, another trend appears ready to add negative synergy.

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Steve Sint Posted: Mar 01, 2009 0 comments

Editor’s Note: Steve Sint has been making portraits for as long as I’ve known him, which is a long time, and his latest book contains a host of great tips and techniques from the many years he has been at his craft. Here’s a sampling from this beautiful 220-plus page book.

Digital Portrait Photography: Art, Business & Style by Steve Sint; $24.95;...

Steve Sint Posted: Jul 05, 2013 Published: Jun 01, 2013 2 comments
Having worked with Steve in the past, and knowing him for many years, we are always pleased to feature his photography and writing. Recently a new book of his came across our desk (ISBN: 978-1-4547-0327-3, published by Pixiq, www.pixiq.com, 272 pages, $29.95) and we are happy to offer an excerpt of just a few pages of the tip and technique filled volume here. This is one book where Steve’s personality, experience, and expertise certainly comes through in each and every well-illustrated page.—Editor
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Steve Sint Posted: May 04, 2012 Published: Mar 01, 2012 0 comments
With over 35 years as a top professional wedding photographer, Steve Sint knows exactly what it takes to make it in this competitive, high-pressure field. This book is a thorough guide for every part of the process, from getting the job, to taking the right shots, to selling the albums, to making a profit, and most importantly, keeping everyone happy in the process. His book, Digital Wedding Photography (ISBN 13: 978-1-600595-65-3, 272 pages, $29.95, pixiq, an imprint of Sterling Publishing Co.) brings that experience to bear on every aspect of the art and craft of wedding work, including an excellent shooting script, lighting, posing and business tips, all told from a veteran photographer’s point of view. This is one book those getting started in this field should own, and serves as an excellent refresher course even for those who have been shooting weddings for years. In this excerpt we highlight the author’s recommended packing list and organizational method, and how he ensures that his gear is working from job to job.—Editor

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George Schaub Posted: Apr 24, 2014 0 comments
Photographs made from above the earth cannot help but stir the spirit and this book, including photographs by astronaut Chris Hadfield that were sourced from NASA and the CSA (government of Canada) are among the best that I have seen from high above “the Blue Marble” we call home. The images in this 192-page book are beautifully reproduced and cover everything from cities to geographical features to the swirls in our vast seas.

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